Silvia Dalla Benetta
is one of the leading dramatic coloratura sopranos on the world stage. Having achieved notable success in lyric and lyric coloratura roles throughout Italy, Europe, and Asia, her transition during recent seasons into Verdian dramatic coloratura repertoire has commanded notice and acclaim.
Engagements 2017 season include excerpts from Nabucco and Aida at Al Bustan Festival in Beirut, Norma in Ferrara, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte in Mexico City, Mozart Great Mass in C minor, Zenobia in Aureliano in Palmira and Cristina in Eduardo e Cristina at the Rossini in Wildbad Festival, Hélène in Jérusalem in Parma, Norma in Charleroi and Hanna Glawari in Die Lustige Witwe in Catania. Engagements 2018 season include Micaëla in Carmen in Liège, Petite Messe Solennelle, Sinaïde in Moïse and Zelmira at Rossini in Wildbad Festival, Concert d'été in Liège, Amaltea in Mosè in Egitto in Pisa and Novara.
The Italian soprano started her 2015/2016 season with Elisabetta in Elisabetta, Regina d’Inghilterra in Sassari. Then she sang Gulnara in Il corsaro at the prestigious Festival Verdi Parma, Marguerite in Les Huguenots at the Nice Opera House, Norma in Lucerne, Bianca in Bianca e Gerando at the Rossini in Wildbad Festival, Aida in Malta, Sakuntala in Alfano’s La leggenda di Sakuntala in Catania and Opera Gala Concerts in Hungary with MAV symphony orchestra.
In the 2014/2015 season the Italian soprano excelled in her role debut as Abigaille in Nabucco in Gozo, Malta, having previously debuted as Elvira in Ernani in at the Lithuanian National Opera of Vilnius; Semiramide in Nice, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni in Pisa, Fiorilla in Il Turco in Italia in Catania, Sophia/Heronyma in the world premiere of Hatzinasios’s El Greco in Athens, Eleonora in Lindpaintner’s Il vespro siciliano and Isabella in L’inganno felice at the Rossini in Wildbad Festival.
The 2013/2014 season was marked by her interpretations of two Verdian roles, Messa da Requiem in Jesi and Alice in Falstaff in Sassari and Jesi, as well as by performances of Bellini’s Norma in Zagreb and Micaëla in Carmen at the Teatro Carlo Felice of Genoa and gala concerts in Vicenza’s Teatro Olimpico and the Teatro Alfieri of Asti.
Silvia Dalla Benetta’s extensive repertoire comprises roles including Gulnara in Il corsaro (Parma Verdi Festival and ABAO Bilbao), Giselda in I lombardi alla prima crociata (Teatro Regio di Parma), Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly (in tour with the Teatro Verdi of Trieste), Mimì in La bohème (Palma de Mallorca and the Hong Kong Performing Arts Center), Liù in Turandot (Teatro Verdi of Pisa), Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow (Trieste’s Teatro Verdi, Genoa’s Teatro Carlo Felice, the Fondazione Arena di Verona and Catania's Teatro Massimo Bellini), Micaëla in Carmen (Arena di Verona, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, the aforementioned production of the Carlo Felice and Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège), Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust (Teatro Coccia di Novara), Juliette in Roméo et Juliette (Trieste), and the four women of Les contes d’Hoffmann (Circuito Lirico Lombardo).
Silvia Dalla Benetta’s interpretation of Violetta Valéry in La traviata has become a point of reference, with performances in Italy’s premiere theaters and at festivals throughout the world, including Turin’s Teatro Regio, the Maggio Musicale of Florence, the Arena di Verona, the Teatro Carlo Felice, Toronto’s Mississauga Opera, the Puccini Festival of Torre del Lago (with transmission in cinemas throughout Italy), and the Mohammed V National Theater of Rabat. Belcanto repertoire has likewise played a significant role in Dalla Benetta’s wide-ranging career, with successes as Norma (Pisa, Cremona, Pavia, Como, Brescia, Trento, Zagreb, Luzern, Ferrara and Charleroi), the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor (Cagliari, Trieste, Fermo, Wiesbaden, Bern, Mississauga, St. Gallen, Livorno, Pisa, Lucca, and Ravenna), Rossini’s Semiramide (Livorno, Pisa, Lucca, Louberon and Nice), and Fiorilla in Il turco in Italia (Hamburg, Pisa, Trieste, Catania).
Silvia Dalla Benetta has collaborated with conductors Andrea Battistoni, Giampaolo Bisanti, Daniele Callegari, Antonino Fogliani, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Nicola Luisotti, Carlo Montanaro, Piergiorgio Morandi, Daniel Oren, Renato Palumbo, Donato Renzetti, José Miguel Perez-Sierra, Jonathan Webb among others, as well as stage directors Franco Zeffirelli, Jonathan Miller, Daniele Abbado, Laurent Pelly, Hugo De Ana and Henning Brockhaus.
The Vicenza-born soprano studied at the Conservatorio “Benedetto Marcello” of Venice and counts among her teachers Romano Gandolfi, Aldo Ceccato, Stella Silva, Mirella Parutto, Alida Ferrarini, Ida Adami Corradetti, Luciana Serra, Denia Mazzola, Sherman Lowe, and Renata Scotto. She was the 2004 winner of the Sanremo Opera Competition.